Judges from a study recently published in the journal of Alcohol and Alcoholism found participants that indulged in a single glass of wine to be more attractive than when they were sober.
How'd this go down?
40 students were invited to drink in the name of science. The researchers took three photos of the student’s faces: the first when sober, the other after one glass of wine, and the last after a second glass of wine. Then, a separate group of (sober) students were shown photographs of each participant in two sets: the sober photograph next to the picture of them after one drink, or the sober photograph next to the picture of them after two drinks.
In the end, the photograph of the participant after one drink was deemed more attractive than the photograph of the same participant after no drinks.
But, the trend stopped there—after two drinks, the judges preferred the photo of the participant sober.
Why'd this occur?
The researchers have a few theories: after a drink, participants' had greater pupil dilation, which is associated with increased attractiveness. The alcohol also relaxed the muscles in the participants' faces a bit. It could also be attributed to the fact that they looked a bit rosier, since rosiness is generally associated with good physical health.
What's the takeaway?
One glass of wine is good for a bunch of things -- like heart health, boosting immunity and brain function. But one too many has its downsides -- even, apparently, in your level of attractiveness to others.